ANDREW LUCK, who led Stanford to an 11-1 record this season and its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which honors the nation’s most outstanding college football player.
Luck, who finished second in last year’s Heisman Trophy balloting behind Auburn University’s Cam Newton, joins the University of Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III, Louisiana State University’s Tyrann Mathieu and the University of Alabama’s Trent Richardson as finalists for college football’s top individual honor.
Luck and the other finalists will be on hand for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The winner will be announced during a live televised special on ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Also announced Monday, Luck and right guard DAVID DECASTRO were named to the 2011 American Football Coaches Association All-America team.
JOHNNY UNITAS AWARD
Luck also has been named the recipient of the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented to the top quarterback in the nation who best exemplifies outstanding character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.
“Andrew personifies everything that my father stood for. He is an outstanding quarterback and an outstanding individual, a leader both on and off the field,” John C. Unitas, Jr., president of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, said in an announcement on the Stanford Athletics website.